Accomplished Efforts · How Ocean Pollution Affects Us · What We Can Do to Help

Cheers! Bans on Styrofoam

I understand I’m constantly banging and downing on the amount of destruction humans have on our world, specifically our oceans. There are times when some of us come together to bring change for the better. A recent example is the bans on styrofoam, a pollutant made of polystyrene, a non-recyclable, non-biodegradable product. Many cities in the United States have made a large effort to go green by banning the product, whether they are in the process or have already accomplished the feat.

 

Just to name some of them…

  • New York City (and several other cities in New York)
  • Takoma Park, MD
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Washington DC
  • Miami Beach, FL
  • Freeport, Maine
  • Portland, Maine
  • Nantucket (City & County), Massachusetts
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Portland, Oregon (and several other Oregon cities)
  • Los Angeles County and San Francisco, California (and many other cities and counties in CA)

 

It’s important for us to take this step in excluding styrofoam for many reasons. Other than the reasons Iv’e spoken about previously about the potentially fatal affects on marine life and the environment, they can also have health effects on us humans. Because styrofoam is made of fossil fuels as well as synthetic chemicals, they could cross paths with hot, acidic, or greasy food, causing them to actually intoxicate your food. Consuming these chemicals are unhealthy and can have bad outcomes, experts suspect. So it’s better to just stay away and boycott styrofoam, for the sea turtles, and yourself.

 

This wonderful effort makes me a happier being and obviously makes the environment happy too. It’s an example I hope many more follow, if they can do it we can do it right?

 

Break up with Styrofoam!

-SM

 

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